This is a pop-up ball pool in West London (which alas is now closed). An awesome place to have your corporate meetings and presentations. Because technology is ultimately created to make our life more fun and easy, and allow flexibility, and not make us chained to our working desks! By the way, having fun helps you process the material much better!
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Our awesome intern, Ghislaine Moolenar, volunteered to be a guinea pig and take up our free Digital Detox in a Week course. Here she shares her experience.
By Ghislaine Moolenar
Monday: The start of my Digital Detox. I must admit, I am scared. But this will be the start of the new Ghislaine! Not only am I now just doing it for myself, I’m also doing it for my long distance boyfriend, because as my reward for completing this, I get to see him.
Tuesday: I’ve turned off Facebook and Facebook messenger, Instagram, Snapchat and Whatsapp. To not have notifications popping up every second of the day felt amazing. Sometimes when I see the notification and I don't reply I feel bad, but because I wasn't seeing them, I almost had an ‘excuse’ that I didn't reply or look at it. It got a bit more difficult in the evening as this was the time I wanted to talk to people and look at notifications, but it did give me some time to myself. All in all, I would definitely do this again! I already feel less connected to my phone, and like I have no full-time commitment to it.
Wednesday was difficult. I’ve put my phone on airplane mode, and I do actually need Facebook and Twitter for my work but I will try it once I finish. I managed to have my phone on airplane mode for 2 hours, it felt nice not having anyone distract me, but I did go off airplane mode a few times as it was difficult to not talk to my boyfriend for that long *blushes*.
Thursday was probably the most difficult. I managed to put all my social media apps into a folder and turned off the notifications, but I definitely still went on them. It might have worked for a few hours, I also had an interview so that helped, but all this afternoon and evening I've been on it non-stop. I do feel disappointed with myself, but to go from going on it every day to nothing all day was a very big step.
Friday was difficult, however I managed to stay off my phone for two hours during dinner, being busy helped stay off it, but once I finished dinner it was more difficult to stay off my phone because people kept trying to contact. It felt like I was free from everyone for a bit, and I wasn't on call all the time and answer everyones needs straight away. I noticed that I had to put my phone away, turned over and on silent to not feel the need to look at it.
Sunday: I’ve noticed that being busy and not being able to connect to people straight away definitely helps with the digital detox, but once I was alone and easily reachable it was a lot more difficult, it’s a habit I definitely need to kick! I realised throughout this course that I can do it if I put my mind to it, but it is very difficult and I do need the encouragement, which this course has given me! It's been a real eye-opener. I now tend to leave my phone in one place for a while because I then don't have the tendency to look at it, rather than being next to me where I do. This course made me realize that there is so much more to being online, and being with my family and actually being there focused is a wonderful feeling.
PS sign up for our Digital Detox in a Week course - it starts every Monday, and is completely free!
Are you busy or productive today? Busy means you are switching between different devices and browser tabs, getting distracted by every incoming message, and increasingly experiencing a “so many things, so little time” feeling. I did it for a few days this week, and felt myself completely exhausted and unaccomplished. Online environment encourages us to try to control and accomplish as many things as possible. By doing this, we set ourselves up for failure, as it’s simply impossible to accomplish all of them.
A desire to accomplish more overwhelms our brain and inevitably pushes us into digital procrastination.
Being productive is different. Productivity is all about focus. To gain focus, you have to let go of things you won’t focus on – no matter how attractive or urgent they seem.
Here is one thing that helps me a lot and that you can do NOW to become productive, and stop digital procrastination.
Switch off all your devices and get in a place, where you won’t disturbed for the next five-ten minutes. Take three deep breaths (mandatory). Now answer these two questions:
Write it down on your piece of paper and put it on the screen of your laptop. Now you will be productive for the rest of the day. And be kind to yourself. Procrastination comes a result of pushing yourself too much, so give yourself a break from your work and devices every so often.
PS if you want to have more time for things that matter and stop feeling dependent on your gadgets, check our signature Declutter Your Digital Life in 6 Weeks self-study course. In six webinars, you will understand the nature of digital addiction and how to fight it, learn practical tools to manage your time, create your own digital control strategy, and understand what you do wrong when writing emails. The course has a special price for November!
Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina is a keynote speaker, author of Homo Distractus, professional coach and a pioneer of the Consciously Digital™ concept.